Ireland vs UK minimum wage

Ireland vs UK minimum wages

With the recent Irish and upcoming UK changes to national minimum wages we thought that we’d write a blog post to capture and compare the current minimum wages in both regions. Below are details of the varying levels of national minimum wages in both Ireland and the UK along with a comparison.

Minimum wage in Ireland

The minimum wage in Ireland is a maximum €11.30 for an experienced adult worker. An experienced adult worker is someone who is over 18 years and not in their first 2 years of employment. This new Irish national minimum wage will come into effect on January 1st 2023. The below table outlines the variations in the Irish minimum wage:

  Minimum hourly rate of pay % of minimum wage
Experienced adult worker €11.30 100%
Workers under 18 years of age €7.91 70%
Aged 18 €9.04 80%
Aged 19 €10.17 90%

Minimum wage in UK

The current minimum wage in the UK is a maximum £9.50. This applies to people 23 and over. A new UK national minimum wage is due to come into effect April 1st 2023. The table below outlines the various levels of the UK minimum wage:

£9.50 £9.18 £6.83 £4.81 £4.81

Minimum Wages Compared

With £1 currently equating to €1.14, the result is that the Irish minimum wage is almost 20% higher than the UK minimum wage. This may decrease following the UK Budget when the UK minimum wage will increases.


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